The Full Scale of Chicago’s Gun Violence


It was a scene played out over again and again on Chicago’s West Side. Shocked and dazed from the bullets that just entered his body, a young black man was carried into an ambulance on a stretcher and whisked... Read more

A Children’s Gitmo on the Border


By the time Donald J. Trump threw in the towel, who among us hadn’t... Read more

Harvey Gann Ran Through a Gauntlet in Germany


On Jan. 30, 1944, a German Me-109 shot down turret gunner Harvey Gann’s B-24... Read more

In This Ex-Spook’s New Thriller, Chuck Schumer Is President and Terror Is Spreading


In 2019 a bloody attack on the American embassy in Baghdad kills countless Americans... Read more

Zoosk Protects Military Members From Romance Scams


This is a sponsored post. Let’s face it: dating is hard, especially if you’re... Read more
Commandos Sans Frontières
In early June 2018, at a tiny military post near the tumbledown town of Jamaame in Somalia, small arms...
The U.S. Navy Is Struggling to Grow

The U.S. Navy Is Struggling to Grow

In late 2016, the U.S. defense establishment arrived at a consensus: with just 275 frontline ships, the U.S. Navy...

America’s Abandoned $6-Billion Missile Pyramid

America’s Abandoned $6-Billion Missile Pyramid

This story originally appeared on May 31, 2014. The Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex, nestled along North Dakota’s remote...

Eating Too Much Rice Almost Sank the Japanese Navy

Eating Too Much Rice Almost Sank the Japanese Navy

This story originally appeared on May 31, 2014. In August 1882 in Incheon Bay near Seoul, four Japanese warships...

Croatia’s Entire Frontline Air Force Almost Got Stranded in Ukraine

Croatia’s Entire Frontline Air Force Almost Got Stranded in Ukraine

This story first appeared on April 30, 2014. In early 2014, just a single pair of ancient MiG-21 fighters...

The U.S. Air Force Almost Sent ‘Starter’ Attack Planes to Europe

The U.S. Air Force Almost Sent ‘Starter’ Attack Planes to Europe

This story first appeared on Feb. 23, 2014. In September 2009, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe asked to...

This Is How the World Could Have Ended

This Is How the World Could Have Ended

This story first appeared on Jan. 14, 2014. This is a plan for the end of the world, dated...

Those Who Witnessed Castle Bravo Looked Into Armageddon

Those Who Witnessed Castle Bravo Looked Into Armageddon

This story originally appeared on Feb. 28, 2015. More than 60 years ago on an island in the South...

NSA Spies Helped Save Drones From a Fiery Death Over Vietnam

NSA Spies Helped Save Drones From a Fiery Death Over Vietnam

This story originally appeared on Feb. 24, 2015. The Air Force unleashed its first major drone program during the...

The U.S. Air Force’s Close Air Support Fly-Off Is a Farce

The U.S. Air Force’s Close Air Support Fly-Off Is a Farce

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is finally going up against the battle-proven A-10 close-air-support attack plane for the long-promised...

Israel Has an Air-Launched Ballistic Missile

Israel Has an Air-Launched Ballistic Missile

Two Israeli companies together have tested a new, supersonic air-launched ballistic missile with a conventional warhead that could allow...

There’s Nothing the U.S. Navy Can Do to Avoid a Submarine Gap

There’s Nothing the U.S. Navy Can Do to Avoid a Submarine Gap

In 2018, the U.S. Navy has finally begun to come to terms with a long-term problem that has been...

China’s Flawed Naval Fighter

China’s Flawed Naval Fighter

China is developing a new carrier-based fighter aircraft to succeed the Shenyang J-15 Flying Shark . The J-15—which is an unlicensed...

The Cartoonist, the Historian and Their War

The Cartoonist, the Historian and Their War

This story first appeared on Dec. 29, 2013. While working on his classic World War I serial It Was...

War and Forgiveness

War and Forgiveness

This story first appeared on Dec. 24, 2013. With war rumbling across the planet, it’s good to remember that...

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